Vegetarian Ma Po Tofu

Vegetarian Ma Po Tofu IMAGE Author: Canadian Living Credits: Vegetarian Ma Po Tofu IMAGE

This Chinese classic gets a wholesome makeover by replacing the meat with loads of fresh vegetables. Korean hot pepper paste isn't traditionally found in ma po tofu, but it adds a nice kick. Look for it in the Asian section of your grocery store, or substitute with one teaspoon of sriracha.

  • Portion size 4 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: April 2016


  • 1 cup 20-minute whole grain brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or sesame oil
  • 1 carrots quartered lengthwise and cut crosswise in scant 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick pieces
  • 4 green onions sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 120 g green beans trimmed and cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm) lengths
  • 100 g shiitake mushrooms stemmed and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons black bean garlic sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Korean hot pepper paste (gochujang)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 pkg (454 g) medium-firm tofu cut in 3/4-inch (2 cm) cubes


In saucepan, cook rice according to package instructions.

Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet or wok, heat oil over medium-high heat; stir-fry carrot, three-quarters of the green onions and the ginger until carrot is beginning to soften, about 4 minutes. Add green beans and mushrooms; stir-fry until green beans are beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in black bean garlic sauce and hot pepper paste; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Whisk cornstarch with 1 cup water; stir into vegetable mixture. Bring to boil; boil, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium. Add tofu; cook, stirring gently, until tofu is coated and warmed through, about 3 minutes. If necessary, add water, 1 tbsp at a time, to reach desired consistency.

Divide rice among serving bowls; top with ma po tofu. Sprinkle with remaining green onions.

Tip from The Test Kitchen: Use medium-firm tofu in stir-fries. It has a delicate texture yet doesn't fall apart as easily as soft tofu.

Nutritional facts per serving: about

  • Fibre 4 g
  • Sodium 226 mg
  • Sugars 6 g
  • Protein 26 g
  • Calories 370.0
  • Total fat 15 g
  • Potassium 470 mg
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 52 g


  • Iron 25.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 27.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 18.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 114.0
  • Vitamin C 8.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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Vegetarian Ma Po Tofu